“Subhuman Mongrel” and the Two Teds (Nugent and Cruz)

Ted Nugent, if you haven’t yet heard, recently called President Obama an outright subhuman mongrel:

I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

And in an interview with Dana Bash, Ted Cruz doesn’t condemn Nugent’s racist comment, but simply changes the subject:

BASH: “Jay-Z doesn’t call the president a subhuman mongrel. Is this an appropriate thing to say?”

CRUZ: “I would be willing to bet that the president’s Hollywood friends have said some pretty extreme things.”

This is what the GOP has come to: looking the other way when 1950’s-style red baiting and Nazi phrases like “subhuman mongrel” are directed, from within the party, at the first African American president. And notice that Ted Cruz is not alone here. No one among the Republican leadership is currently condemning this. Not one person.

This might change, of course. But why does political pressure have to be dialed-up on the GOP leadership to get any of them to respond to this? And recall that “subhuman mongrels” is a reference to mixed race people, and was deployed by German antisemites against Jews in the run-up to the Holocaust. Ted Nugent should have no welcome place in any major American political party, and yet here he is, the “hero” of a former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin.

How is it that the Republican Party has become so decadent?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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5 Responses to “Subhuman Mongrel” and the Two Teds (Nugent and Cruz)

  1. Katherine says:

    I am shocked.Here that would not be allowed

  2. Mikels Skele says:

    They trade in fear. Simple as that.

  3. Staffan says:

    Janeane Garofalo,

    “The reason a person is a conservative republican is because something is wrong with them. Again, that’s science – that’s neuroscience.”

    Bill Maher on Sarah Palin,

    “Oh speaking of dumb twats, did you…”

    Daily Kos,

    “Conservatism has sunk to sadism, and sadism as policy.”

    And also Kos, presumable showing a lack of sadism,

    “So no, I’m not going to pray for Tony Snow. I’m sorry to hear he has cancer, and that’s about it. Other than that, I’m not going to give that lying scumbag another thought.”

    Kamau Bell,

    “George Zimmerman, you are a profiling, vigilante, racist, right wing, trigger-happy, child-killing coward. I wanna rip off your nuts, shove them down your throat, pull them back out your ass …”

    He has also suggested that Zimmerman should commit suicide.

    I could go on, but I will just mention the AP poll in 2012 that showed that 64 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats have an implicit bias against Black people. That’s not a huge difference. An estimate of the White bias against Blacks, assuming there are no more than five percent Blacks with anti-Black bias, we get about as much bias from Whites of both parties,

    http://staffanspersonalityblog.wordpress.com/?s=ap+poll

    So it’s not whether you’re a liberal or conservative – it’s about whether you are a hater or not. You always point out this sort of thing when it comes from the right but remain silent about the liberal haters. Are there good and bad haters? Why not be a cultural pacifist instead, like (liberal and gay) Sally Kohn,

  4. poet816 says:

    It is not nice to mess with Wolfgang Blitzkrieg, formerly a lobbyst for AIPAC.
    Of course, Nugent is just one more moron.

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